Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
Last Friday the College community gathered for a special Mass in honour of the feast of St Thomas of Villanova, our College patron. Joining with us on the day were Augustinian Fathers, Peter Jones OSA – Prior Provincial, Percival Sevare OSA, Paul Moloney OSA, Peter Wieneke OSA, Saldie Resolado OSA and Deacon Tuan Anh Le OSA.

Fathers Peter Jones OSA, College Chaplain, Peter Wieneke OSA and College Campus Minister, Fr Saldie Resolado OSA concelebrated the Eucharist for our staff and students on this occasion. We are most grateful for the presence of our Prior Provincial and the Augustinian Fathers at this special event.

As part of the Mass, the students and staff experienced a video recording of the blessing and opening of the St Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre performed in front of the Junior School students last Monday. Students also watched a series of slides depicting the evolution of Villanova College classrooms from our earliest days to our new facilities. It has been a tremendous change from blackboards and chalk to flexible learning spaces with laptops and interactive screens. It was a startingly contrast from the austere days of yesterday to what our students enjoy today.

Crossing Roads
On Friday afternoon I was travelling outbound on Old Cleveland Road going to a doctor’s appointment at Camp Hill at around 3.25 pm. As I sat in traffic, I watched in amazement as a group of Villanova College students exited the 895 bus and scamped across four lanes of traffic like a wild herd of buffalo. They had no regard for their safety or the traffic. If it would have been safe to do so, I would have leapt out of my vehicle and given chase.

I shared the story withy our staff on Monday at our weekly briefing and asked the staff to please reinforce with the students the danger of racing across roads with undue care and attention.

From the St Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre, I have watched students run in front of cars and narrowly miss being hit. I am hoping we do not need a tragedy to get the message home to our students.

Open Day
Yesterday we threw open the gates and put our College on show for very appreciative and enthusiastic families who wanted to see what is behind the fence on Sixth Avenue. Thank you to the fantastic group of student tour guides who did a great job showing our visitors the College campus. We can all be very proud of our students in their role as ambassadors for the College.

Well done to our Manager of Marketing and Communications, Mrs Sue Homann and Enrolments Officer, Ms Clare Bass for all their work behind the scenes. It was a mighty team effort by all.

We keep in our prayers Fr Tuan Ahn Le OSA who was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Mark Coleridge on Saturday at St James Church, Coorparoo. We wish Fr Tuan every success in his ministry. We also keep in our prayers Christine and Adrian Hellwig following the sudden death of Christine’s father and Adrian’s father-in-law, Terrance Dwyer, father to Villanova College Old Boys, Michael, Mark and Bernard Dwyer.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen

Mr Mark Stower, Principal

In keeping with the spirit of Reconciliation, Villanova College acknowledges the Yuggera and Turrbal peoples, as the Traditional Custodians of this land on which we stand.  We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging.  This has always been, and always will be, a place of teaching and learning connected to country, culture and community. 


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Teaching and Learning

Villanova wins The Fuse Cup Middle School Division!
Last Friday, Middle School students Hudson Donovan, Jack Fidge, West Sargood and Jack Watkins travelled to Earnshaw State College, Banyo to participate in the Brisbane Middle School Division FUSE Cup Mario Kart live esports tournament for Term 2. After many weeks of lunchtime Mario Kart elimination draws, Hudson, Jack, West and Jack were chosen to represent Villanova College at this popular regional event.

This was our first entry into the face-to-face version of The FUSE Cup in the Year 7/8 Division, having participated in the international online version last term and placing second.

Undoubtedly, Mario Kart ensured extensive interest in the event! Our team was greeted with a large room of Year 7/8 competitors from schools all over the greater Brisbane district. This forced the officials to adopt ‘sudden death’ rules from the very first round with winning scores having to meet minimum cut-offs to proceed. The FUSE Cup organiser and MC of the event, Dan Martinez, stated in his opening address, “Everyone, except for one player, will lose in this room today. You need to play with integrity, good sportsmanship and accept defeat in good spirit.” This references the key values of The FUSE Cup, to teach and promote digital well-being whilst enjoying playing games in a competitive environment.

Of our four contenders, West Sargood, Hudson Donovan and Jack Fidge all won their Grand Prix races qualifying to move on to the Semi-Finals. Jack Watkins narrowly went down in his sudden death heat, placing second. In the Semi-Final stage, both Hudson and West were randomly pitted against each other – what a challenge! They both lost to the eventual runner up of the event in a close Grand Prix, displaying the values of integrity, teamwork and skill.

I have intentionally left Jack Fidge’s performance until last. His racing drew the attention of all those present – tournament organisers and coaches included. It gives me great pleasure to announce that Jack won the Grand Final, finishing the day with near-perfect scores of 60, 60, and 57. Having dropped only one first place out of 12 race starts, other coaches and officials commented on his “flawless” racing technique. Jack took all this in good sportsmanship, deflecting worthy praise back onto his competitors. He was an exceptional role model for the College, demonstrating true grit, skill, integrity and teamwork. He now proceeds to the state finals, potentially the nationals later this year. So, Villanova College is now the proud “keeper” of The FUSE Cup until the Brisbane Middle School Division event in Term 3. Students can visit The FUSE Cup in the Middle School Student Services Office!

Yet there is more esports is on the horizon… our Year 9/10 representatives Patrick Campbell, James Naylor, Daniel Nolan and Will Godwin travelled to St Johns Anglican College for the Senior School Logan Division Mario Kart tournament today.  Hopefully, they can go one better since placing runners up in Year 9/10 FUSE Cup tournament last term.

In Term 3 The FUSE Cup competitions are Rocket League (Year 7/8s) and Super Smash Brothers (Year 9/10s) – both on the Nintendo Switch platform. Students will have the opportunity to compete to represent the College in these events later this term. To keep up to date with The FUSE Cup, visit the website at

Mr Jason Lane, FUSE Cup Esports Co-ordinator


Year 7 Information Literacy Skills Lessons
Over the last couple of months, Year 7 students have engaged in a series of information skills lessons delivered by our teacher librarians. These lessons were scheduled during their Ancient China History unit and more recently their Invasive Species Science unit. Each lesson delivered a series of information skills that students are now expected to practise and demonstrate in each of their research-based units across all their subjects.

I would like to share the presentations delivered and the supporting resources with you so that you can support your sons at home. To this date, the information skills covered in Year 7 include the following:

Please do not hesitate to contact me at if you would like any further information or need further elaboration.

Mrs Antonietta Neighbour, Director of Library and Information Services

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Junior School

As the theme above suggests, Reconciliation is more than a word. Villanova College has been on a journey of action by developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to be launched in 2021.  A team of staff and parents have been working towards compiling practical actions that the College can implement to work towards positive relationships, respect, and opportunities internally, as well as in the community.

Today, 27 May begins National Reconciliation Week with its theme ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.’ The date is a significant milestone for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, due to the successful 1967 Referendum and finishing on 3 June, which is the anniversary of the High Court Mabo decision.

The 1967 Referendum, sought to change two sections of the Australian Constitution – laws could be made to respect people of any race “other than” Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and when reckoning the numbers of the Commonwealth or State, these numbers would not include the Indigenous cultures.  Over 90% of Australian voters declared “yes” for these changes to be made.  It meant that the First Peoples were now officially included legally in Australia’s population.

The High Court Mabo decision was significant in recognising that the myth of Australia being “terra nullius” (belonging to no one) was wrong – that Indigenous people had lived on this land for thousands of years.  That the Meriam people were the traditional owners of the Murray Islands in the Torres Strait.  Starting in 1986, the legal process took until 1992 for the Meriam people to “entitled to the possession, occupation, use and enjoyment” of the lands in the Murray Islands.  The legal doctrine of native title was now a part of Australian law, and this was deeply significant to the elders, past and present, and emerging.

Reconciliation is a journey for all to explore and build relationships between the wider community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Through this relationship, you can learn their shared histories, culture, and achievements.  It is important for everyone to have the opportunity to identify themselves with pride, and within a safe environment who they belong to – their mob, tribe, people, and their place where history, memories and stories are made.  This week, College Staff will be involved in a Queensland National Reconciliation 2021 Launch in the city.

The Junior School have been discussing the topic of reconciliation during their Well-being and HASS (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences) lessons.  Storybooks, videos, websites, artwork, and cultural activities stimulate conversations that branch from a history of harm, towards a future that has hope.  Understanding, and the path towards action takes care and time.  The generation in our classrooms will be our role models.  Reconciliation as an individual, with mates, in families, at schools, in workplaces, and in the wider community needs a collaborative approach.  A commitment to learning about, and from, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have so much to share about the land we all stand on.

For further information, please refer to Home | Reconciliation Australia; Reconciliation Action Plans | Reconciliation Australia; The 1967 Referendum | AIATSIS; The Mabo Case | AIATSIS; Share Our Pride.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School


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Middle School

Last week Year 9 Geography students spent the day exploring Brisbane’s public transport network.  The purpose of this field trip was to gather information for their field study which examines the effectiveness of Brisbane’s public transport system and the capacity of the current infrastructure to meet the needs of users.   

Throughout the day boys visited the Cross River Rail Experience Centre which had a range of useful information about the Cross River Rail project and an engaging virtual reality experience the students enjoyed.  They also visited the RNA Brisbane Showgrounds where they met with Brendan Christou, the CEO of RNA QLD who discussed the future of the RNA and outlined the present and future challenges that the public transport system presents to the RNA.   

Throughout the day the class caught a variety of trains and buses while completing a number of field sketches. They completed over 10,000 steps throughout the day and the students showed engagement and enthusiasm for their field study throughout the day. It is worthy to note that the boys also caught the eye of members of the public, some of whom took the time to contact me and offer the congratulations to the boys on the way they conducted themselves and how well they represented the College.  


Meanwhile, the College hosted its annual Open Day yesterday and more than 40 Middle School students took responsibility for hosting parent tours throughout the morning. I could not be prouder of the way they handled the responsibility and shared their excitement and passion for the College as they walked the campus. Our visitors were truly impressed by our fine young men.  

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Senior School

Driving Motivation
Are you amp(e)d? That was a question we posed to Year 12 students in a Positive Education workshop a few weeks ago when exploring the topic of motivation. The acronym ampd refers to the following aspects underpinning learning success and goal achievement:

Autonomy The desire to be self-directed
Mastery Goals The itch to keep improving at something that’s important to us
Purpose The sense that what we do serves something beyond ourselves
Deliberate Practice Highly structured activity engaged in with the specific goal of improving performance

These components are important to consider through the lens of senior schooling where our young men are challenged and supported to begin to stand on their own two feet and take ownership to drive their own learning pathway. Students who expect to be spoon fed by their teachers well into their Senior School studies will struggle to be successful if they don’t find within themself the motivation, drive and effort to be independent scholars.

On the element of deliberate practice, I am reminded by a reflection from Shane Parrish in his Farnam Street blog where he speaks of the difference between natural and chosen talent:

‘There are two types of talent: natural and chosen. Natural talent needs no explanation. Some people are just born better at certain things than others. While natural talent may win in the short term, it rarely wins in the long term. A lot of people who are naturally talented don’t develop work at getting better. Eventually, naturally talented people are passed by people who choose talent. How can you choose talent? When you focus all your energy in one direction for an uncommonly long period of time, you develop talent. Results follow obsession.’

We often see those students who have survived rather successfully in their earlier schooling years on their natural talent begin to struggle when met with the increased demands and rigour of Senior schooling because there is no readjustment in mindset and a commitment to the value of effort and deliberate practice. Mr Morrissey’s dictate of working and revising for 30 mins every night to his Math Methods students is an example of the effort required to maximise academic success in the Senior School.

Sweating the Small Stuff
On my desk in my office is a book I refer to each day. ‘The Daily Stoic’ by Ryan Holiday, offers 366 Meditations on wisdom, perseverance, and the art of living, featuring new translations of the ancient fathers of stoic philosophy- Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius. I find the reflection for the 27 May to be quite apt in speaking to my own personal philosophy in building strong culture and discipline amongst the students in the Senior School- ‘Sweat the Small Stuff’. I would like to share with you the meditation:

‘Wellbeing is realised by small steps but is truly no small thing.’ The famous biographer Diogenes Laertius attributes this quote to Zeno. In this case, the truth is one we know well: the little things add up. Someone is a good person not because they say they are, but because they take good actions. One does not magically get one’s act together- it is a matter of many individual choices. It is a matter of getting up at the right time, making your bed, resisting shortcuts, investing in yourself, doing your work. And make no mistake: while the individual action is small, its cumulative impact is not. Think about all the small choices that will roll themselves out in front of you today. Do you know which is the right way and which is the easy way? Choose the right way and watch as all these little things add up towards transformation.’

That is my challenge and question for the week to all Senior School students.

“He who is brave is free.” – Seneca

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry and Formation News


 2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process.  Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021, ‘More than a Word – Reconciliation takes action’, urges us to braver and more impactful action.

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation.  Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Here at Villanova College Reconciliation is a priority for our entire community.

This idea of reconciliation is deeply embedded in our Catholic faith tradition.  Through the lived example of Jesus, we know that reconciling with others, requires us to take time to know and understand others’ stories and perspectives.  It requires us to recognize and acknowledge pain we have caused to others, and it demands that we change our behaviour.  It is not easy to reconcile.  It takes courage and commitment.

Reconciliation Australia is suggesting a range of actions to support the movement for a just, equitable and reconciled country.  In the next week and beyond our own combined efforts will make a difference.  If all families chose one action and worked on it intentionally, we would certainly be supporting the change from safe to brave on issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Actions for Reconciliation – National Reconciliation Week 2021

  1. Move from ally to accomplice
  2. Call out racism
  3. Find out facts and ways to learn and talk about Australia’s history.
  4. Know your local history
  5. Make our school a more welcoming and safer place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  6. Find out about Villanova’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
  7. Drive reconciliation in education.
  8. Assist in funding research into frontier wars, massacres and other underexplored Australian history.
  9. Support self-determination.
  10. Get your facts first-hand.
  11. Act to protect first nations cultures.
  12. Support economic development.
  13. Support calls by First peoples such as treaties, constitutional reform, and the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
  14. Challenge our leaders to take action on justice.
  15. Buy from first nations businesses.
  16. Defend land rights and native title.
  17. Acknowledge whose country you are on.
  18. Care for country.
  19. Speak up for languages
  20. Get involved beyond National Reconciliation Week 2021.

At assembly on Friday students shared a version of the Our Father that broke down the prayer to help us reflect on its meaning.

We cannot say Our,
if our religion has no room for others and their needs.

We cannot say Father,
if we do not demonstrate this relationship in our daily life.

We cannot say in heaven,
if all our interests are in things and possessions.

We cannot say may your name be holy,
if we do not strive to be holy.

We cannot say your kingdom come,
if we act like we are the centre of the universe.

We cannot say your will be done,
if we are unwilling or resentful of God’s will in our life.

We cannot say on earth as it is in heaven,
unless we are willing to serve and help others.

We cannot say give us this day our daily bread,
without providing for others.

We cannot say forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin
against us if we continue to harbour a grudge against anyone.

We cannot say save us in the time of trial,
if we deliberately choose to remain in a situation where we are likely to be tempted.

We cannot say deliver us from evil,
if we are not prepared to back up our plea for God’s help with constant prayer

We cannot say yours is the kingdom,
if we do not act as part of that kingdom—responsible, caring, and willing to serve.

We cannot say yours is the glory,
if we are seeking our own glory first.

We cannot say forever,
if we are always anxious about today’s worries and activities.

We cannot say Amen,
unless we honestly say, ‘Cost what it may, this is our prayer’.

Social Justice Forum 2021: All Hallows’ School
Meeting a passionate doctoral student finding ways to use education to change the perception and understanding of human trafficking and modern slavery; a producer working on a television series exploring the ways people become enslaved in the sex trafficking industry; a nun campaigning to eliminate human trafficking; and the program coordinator from Dragon Children’s Foundation who told stories that made the issues of human trafficking real are all not your ordinary experiences on a Tuesday afternoon!  Yet eleven students from Year 12 eagerly attended and contributed to a Social Justice Forum on Human Trafficking at All Hallows.  After listening to these extraordinary experts and professionals, who work actively to stop human trafficking, our students then had an opportunity to reflect on what they had heard and make plans to be involved in taking action to spread awareness about human trafficking and what we can do to stop it.

“I found it astonishing how large an issue human trafficking is.  We assume that slavery does not happen anymore, and if it does occur it certainly does not happen near us.  I was wrong! To learn that slavery and human trafficking is the second most lucrative crime globally and that between 40 and 60 million people are victims of human trafficking is very concerning.  I think it is an issue we need to raise awareness about and take action to prevent.” Ben Sciacca

Appeals for Vinnies, Emmanuel City Mission and AFAS
Students in both our Vinnies and AFAS groups are actively seeking donations for those experiencing hardship both in Brisbane and in our partnering organisations in the Philippines. Please consider donations for the winter appeal, long-life milk and old shoes that are in good condition!

Sunday Readings at Home
Please use this link to access this week’s readings and commentaries.

Ms Kate Garrone, Dean of Mission and Identity

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Over many years, Villanova College has earnt an excellent reputation within the AIC sporting association for its high level of sportsmanship and conduct shown on and off the sports field. At the AIC Ecumenical Service held at the commencement of each year we are reminded that all AIC Colleges share similar values, and each College expects the highest standards from their communities when competing. From time-to-time students, spectators and coaches from all Colleges including Villanova can and do get things wrong in the heat of the moment. As we reach the back half of the footy season, I ask all involved to be mindful of their actions. Respect for our College, the opposition and officials must always be upheld. Overall, the level of behavior shown by the Villanova community throughout the footy season has been very good.

By this time, you may have noticed that all AIC venues have used similar signage around their respective sporting fields which reiterate to all involved the standard of behavior expected.

I congratulate all chess, rugby and football players for their efforts over the weekend. The results across the board from Rounds 1-4 have been pleasing overall. This weekend sees Villanova come up against St Laurence’s in the local derby round. Since my time at Villanova, and hearing from those who have passed through the doors of Villanova in past years, it is the case that a rivalry exists between the two Colleges, no doubt because of the proximity we share. This rivalry adds a sense of excitement and intent for both Colleges to do well, it can bring out the best in our performance, but it also can bring out the worst in us as well.

Although a rivalry may exist between the two Colleges within the sports arena, it certainly does not exist between the staff (well a friendly rivalry at least). In fact, our relationship with the St Laurence’s Sports Office is probably one of the strongest we share in the entire AIC association. You might be surprised to know that the camaraderie and collegiality that all eight AIC Directors of Sport share within the association is quite high. Our sense of competitiveness and our keenness to produce the best from our respective Colleges is quite high too.

Although we strive to do well, let’s be mindful not to cross the line by exhibiting any inappropriate behaviour on or off the field which conflicts with our school values and those we share and promote within the AIC sports association. I am as keen as ever for the Villa boys to do well and to go for the win but only within the parameters of playing fair and in good sportsmanship.

This weekend both Colleges have agreed to play all rugby matches at Runcorn and split the football games between both home venues. Ideally, we would have liked to have everyone in one location but there are simply too many games to cater for at one venue. Next year the hosting duties will be reversed.

As I say to the Villanova boys often – when you hop in the car and leave Villanova Park or Runcorn after the game, ask yourself the question, “Did I give everything today? Did I leave anything in the tank?” Have no regrets boys.

Next Wednesday 2 June our cross country team will compete at the annual AIC Cross Country Championships at Curlew Park. The team will be announced today. All the relevant information has now been posted on the website under the AIC Cross Country section. Both the runners and reserves will go out to Curlew Park on the day. On behalf of the College, I wish all competitors the very best with their final preparations and on the day of the Championships.  More details regarding the Championships are found below.

Good luck and best wishes to all teams. Enjoy!

The annual AIC Cross Country Championships will be held on Wednesday 2 June at Curlew Park, Sandgate. Due to privacy laws, we cannot publish the full team on the website. The full team list including all reserves will be posted in the same online folder where our rugby and football teams lists are found. The link to this folder will be emailed to all parents again this week.

A bus will transport all runners and all reserves to and from Curlew Park on the day of the Championships.  Students may attend school wearing their cross country uniform. All runners and reserves are to arrive at the College by 7.30am and meet in the quadrangle for a team photo taken at 7.45am sharp. Departure for Curlew Park will be at 8.15am sharp.

It is imperative that all Villanova runners look like a team, therefore we expect all runners to wear the following uniform on the day of the Championships and for the team photo.

Villanova Cross Country Uniform

  • Villanova white running shorts
  • Villanova athletics singlet
  • Villanova squad shirt (if the squad shirt is not stocked in the Uniform Shop, please wear the PE shirt)
  • Villanova sports jacket (optional but highly recommended)

AIC Cross Country Program

Event 10.15am Year 5 2km
10.30am Year 6 3km
10.50am 12 Years 3km
11.10am 13 Years 3km
11.30am 14 Years 4km
12.00pm 15 Years 4km
12.30pm 16 Years 6km
1.00pm Open 6km
Presentation 1.45pm – 2.00pm

Important Timings

  • Team Photo (quadrangle) – 7.45am
  • Bus departs for Curlew Park – 8.15am
  • Bus Departs Curlew Park – 2.00/15pm
  • Arrives back at Villanova College – 2.45/3.00pm

The bus will depart from Curlew Park after presentations at approximately 2.00/15pm and should return to the College by no later than 3.00pm. This event is open to unlimited spectators. While we encourage parents and other spectators to attend the carnival, it is a requirement that all athletes catch the bus as a team to the venue. Parents may drive their son/s home after the presentations.

I wish our entire squad the very best in the lead up to the Championships and on the day itself. I hope the boys enjoy the experience of representing their College. Please be assured that the entire College community is behind the team and wishes them all the best.

Friday 28 May and Saturday 29 May – Times and Venues

All times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures against St Laurence’s College are available on the College’s website.

The First XI Football game will be rescheduled to next Tuesday afternoon as per details below:

  • Tuesday 1 June
  • 4:45pm Kick Off
  • Venue: Souths United Football Club- Field 1 (39 Nathan Road, Runcorn)

AIC Football Team Photos
Team photos will be taken to for all teams playing at Villanova Park this Saturday 29 May. Please refer to the respective ‘AIC Football’ section via the Locker Room on the website to view the photo schedule. The schedule is also posted below. Next weekend will also be marked as a photo day for those teams not playing at Villanova Park this weekend.

Football Team Photos (Saturday 29 May)
Please arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled time, dressed in the correct sporting apparel including boots. If you arrive LATE, sorry NO photo!

Location: Behind the scoreboard on Andrew Slack Oval

TIME Group
6:50am 7A Football
6:55am 5A Football
7:00am 5B Football
7:05am 6A Football
7:10am 6B Football
7:15am 8D Football
7:45am 8A Football
7:50am 5C Football
7:55am 5D Football
8:00am 6C Football
8:05am 8C Football
8:45am 7B Football
8:50am 5E Football
8:55am 6E Football
9:00am 7D Football
9:50am 8B Football
9:55am 7C Football

Villanova Sports Club – No Canteen this weekend
As Villanova Park will not have a full complement of fixtures this weekend, we have decided not to run a canteen.

Mr Chris Everding, AIC Rugby Coordinator

 Villanova competed against St. Patrick’s College in Round 4 last weekend. Overall, we had a total of 18 wins and four losses. The day had a number of highs and a few lows as some behavioural issues overshadowed the games being played and the effort of our boys on the field. I remind all players the importance of training to the best of their ability to ensure that what is practised at training filters into the game. There have been numerous close games this season and if players continue to put in the hard work and keep their composure, hopefully we can turn some of these close results into wins for Villa and to play with the sportsmanship that is expected of every player that wears the Green and Gold.

The Junior teams continue to impress with big wins, as the Year 5, Year 6 and Year 7 teams were all victorious. The 9As were in a tough game with SPC before kicking away to their first win of the season. The 10As were also in a very physical contest and defended their way to a 7-5 victory.

Our First XV bounced back from a loss to Ashgrove with an impressive 25- 22 win over a previously undefeated SPC. Their attack certainly gained momentum and they hit the ball up harder than many have seen before. SPC were riding a wave of success as they had won their three round matches and were well prepared for the game, however, Villa lifted for the occasion and played what was a very physical and entertaining game.

As we look towards Round 5 versus St Laurence’s College, we wish these teams the best of luck as they hope to have a win against our traditional rivals. St. Laurence’s have proven for many years that they can produce some quality teams and we urge all players to continue to train hard, be aggressive, play within the spirit of the game and as always, chase the win.

Best wishes to all teams!

Villanova First XV v SLC First XV under lights at Souths
Last Tuesday night, the First XV played their Round 5 match against SLC because a number of players were going to be absent this weekend at the State Championships from both teams. The game was possibly a first for an AIC match being played under lights and in front of a big crowd of students, parents, Old Boys, and keen rugby supporters.

The Villanova College team were coming up against an SLC outfit that had four victories on the trot and are hot contenders for the premiership. The first half was a classic battle between the two Colleges and the half time score of 6-0 in favour of SLC would have had the opposition coach searching for ways to get points. Villanova had two men in the bin, and for a period of time were down to 13 men, but dug deep and denied SLC any chance of going over to increase their lead. This would also have the Villanova boys believe that they could go on with it and with 15 men back on the park, get a deserved win.

SLC went out to a 9-0 lead after 10 minutes of the second half before Villanova scored the first try of the match and converted to trail by two points. The match went from end to end before SLC scored three late tries to win 33 – 7. Another great game by our boys and one that could have gone either way.

AIC Rugby Results after Round 4

Team 1 v IONA 2 v SPLC 3 v ASH 4 v SPC
First XV 18 – 20 L 21- 18 W 15 – 50 L 25 – 22 W
Second XV 0 – 48 L 36 – 7 W 0 – 60 L 12 – 26 L
Third XV 17 – 21 L V ATC 1st XV

5 – 38 L

19 – 29 L 29 – 12 W
Fourth XV 5 – 5 draw V ATC 2nd XV

17-12 W

0 – 62 L 27 – 26 W
Fifth XV 29 – 5 W V Ash 8th XV

24-22 W

22 – 5 W Internal
Sixth XV 10 – 12 L v Ash 9th XV V Iona 5th XV

21-15 W

V Pad 5th XV

17 – 15 W

10A 7 – 24 L 41-0 W 5 – 14 L 7 – 5 W
10B 10 – 24 L V ATC 10B

5 – 28 L

0 – 36 L BYE
10C 0 – 51 L V Padua 10C



19 – 27 L

7 – 12 L
9A 19 – 25 L 22- 26 L 10 -33 L 24 – 7 W
9B 14 – 33L V ATC 9B

27- 33 L

0 – 55 L 17 – 28 L
9C 41 – 7 W BYE 7 – 43 L 34 – 15 W
9D 26 – 24 W V Ash 9E

29- 15 W

0 – 35 L Internal
9E 0 – 93 L v

Ash 9D

V Iona 9D

31- 29 W

V Padua 9D

5 – 56 L

8A 0 – 32 L V ATC 8A

20- 0 W

5 – 53 L 7 – 17 L
8B 5 – 26 L V SPLC 8A

5- 22 L

10 – 37 L W
8C 7 – 47 L V ATC 8C

21- 29 L

7 – 27 L 51 – 10 W
7A 15 – 17 L V ATC 7A

67- 0 W

29 – 7 W 88 – 0 W
7B 27 – 15 W V SPLC 7A

73-0 W

57 – 12 W 68 – 0 W
7C 34 – 5 W V ATC 7C

17- 5 W

12 – 21 L V Iona 7D

31 – 12 W

7D 29- 12 W V Ash 7E

65- 5 W

26 – 5 W internal
7E 7 – 35 L V Iona 7D

20- 15 W

V Padua 7D

72 – 5 W

6A 32 – 0 W V ATC 6A

43 – 5 W

17 – 0 W 36 – 5 W
6B 15 – 0 W V ATC 6B

37 – 5 W

15 – 0 W 22 – 0 W
6C 5 – 32 L V SPLC 6A

46 – 5 W

10 – 12 L V Ash 6D

58 – 12 W

5A 24 – 5 W V ATC 5A

59 – 0 W

24 – 5 W 41 – 0 W
5B 14 – 19 L V ATC 5B

49 – 0 W

24 – 24 D 56 – 0 W
5C 12 – 30 L V Iona 5C

27 – 5 W

5 – 12 L V SLC 5C

12 – 10 W

5D 12 – 28 L V Iona 5D

10 – 12 L

17 – 27 L V SLC 5D

55 – 5 W

Mr Nick Verity and Mr Jack Lamb, AIC Chess Co-ordinators

The Villanova chess teams played some outstanding games on Friday night against St Patrick’s College. We went from trailing slightly with the white pieces, to striking back hard as black and taking the overall win. There were many noteworthy performances from Round 4 including Gregory Corones’ back-rank checkmate from behind and the Junior A’s perfect run winning all eight games.

The boys should be proud of their win and look to keep their enthusiasm ahead of Round 5 where we face St Laurence’s College. A bus has been arranged to transport boys to and from St Laurence’s on Friday, please check weekly fixtures for the timings.

AIC Chess Results v St Patrick’s

Team 1 v IONA 2 v SPLC 3 v ASH 4 v SPC
Open L 12-4 L 7-9 D 8-8 L 10-6
Senior A W 13-3 L 12-4 L 11-5 W 12-4
Senior B D 8-8 L 15-1 L 13-3 W 11-5
Intermediate A L 14-4 W 14-2 L 9-7 W 9-7
Intermediate B L 9-7 L 14-2 W 10-6 L 9-7
Junior A W 11-5 L 10-6 L 14-2 W 16-0
Junior B W 12-4 W 14-2 W 14-2 D 8-8

Mr Anthony Kemp, AIC Football Co-ordinator

Round 4 AIC football was played against St Patrick’s last weekend. It was an excellent round for our teams that saw many of our sides grab a victory. Overall, we had 21 wins, nine losses and one draw from the fixtures against St Patrick’s. Congratulations to all players and coaches for a fantastic effort.

Unfortunately, one of those losses was for our First XI side who had their first taste of defeat so far this season. St Patrick’s came out strong and grabbed a goal in the first five minutes of the match which was quickly followed by a second to put our boys on the back foot. Although down 2-0 quickly the Villanova boys continued to fight hard and dominated field position, however, weren’t able to find the back of the net. St Patrick’s managed to score again after the half-time break to make it a 3-0 lead. To our boys’ credit they never gave up and continued to push hard, eventually breaking through with a goal to make it 3-1. The field position and domination of play paid off as Villanova clawed back another goal to make it 3-2 and another thrilling finish upon us. Although we created many opportunities the equaliser alluded us on this occasion and St Patrick’s held on for a 3-2 win.

Whilst they didn’t get the result they were after the boys can certainly hold their heads up high as they played hard and to the final whistle. The loss leaves the First XI in second place on the table only a point behind St Peters and still plenty to play for. The next game for the first XI will be played next Tuesday night against SLC with the game being rescheduled due to three of our players away this weekend on representative duty with Met-East. Good luck to Jared Cosep, Alex Vasiliou and Ben Hermiston.

This weekend we will be playing against rivals St Laurence’s with our Years 9-Opens teams away at Runcorn and our Years 5-8 teams playing at Villanova Park. For teams playing at Villanova Park this weekend you will have your team photos where you will need to be present, dressed in your playing gear and on time. If you are late, you will unfortunately miss out. For teams not playing at Villa Park this weekend your team photo will be taken in the coming weeks and advertised. Please check the photo schedule on the website.

Good luck to all teams playing this week!

AIC Football Results v St Patrick’s

Team 1 v IONA 2 v SPLC 3 v ASH 4 v SPC
First XI W 4-2 D 2-2 W 4-3 L 3-2
Second XI W 2-1 L 3-0 L 3-2 W 3-0
Third XI L 2-1 L 1-0 W 2-1 W 1-0
Fourth XI L 3-1 L 3-1 L 12-0 L 3-0
Fifth XI W 6-0 D 2-2 W 3-2 W 4-1
10A L 9-4 L 3-0 W 2-0 W 2-0
10B L 4-1 L 4-0 W 3-1 L 3-1
10C L 2-1 L 3-1 W 1-0 Win on Forfeit
9A L 2-1 W 1-0 L 3-1 D 2-2
9B D 1-1 D 1-1 D 0-0 W 4-0
9C L 3-1 Win on Forfeit L 4-2 W 4-0
9D W 1-0 L 4-0 v ATC 9C L 6-0 Win on Forfeit
8A W 7-0 W 3-2 D 0-0 W 5-1
8B W 2-0 W 5-1 L 5-1 W 6-1
8C W 3-2 L 3-2 v ASH 8C L 5-2 W 10-1
8D L 1-0 W 5-0 v ASH 8E L 3-1 W 4-2 v Padua 8E
7A L 2-1 L 3-1 L 5-0 L 5-2
7B W 3-2 D 1-1 L 4-0 L 5-0
7C L 4-2 W 5-2  L 3-1 W 1-0
7D W 7-0 L 8-3 v ATC 7C L 4-0 L 3-2
6A L 3-1 W 12-1 W 4-2 W 10-0
6B D 1-1 W 7-0 L 2-1 W 8-0
6C L 3-1 W 6-0 L 2-1 W 4-1
6D W 3-1 W 6-0 v Iona 6D W 6-0 W 7-2 v SLC 6D
6E L 6-0 v Gregory Terrace 6E L 6-0 v ASH 6D L 3-0 L 5-0 v SLC 6E
5A W 3-2 W 9-0 L 2-1 W 2-0
5B L 1-0 W 13-0 W 3-0 L 2-0
5C D 1-1 W 2-0 D 1-1 L 4-0
5D W 2-1 W 3-0 W 2-0
5E W 7-0 W 3-1 v Villa 5F W 5-1 W 5-0
5F W 6-0 L 3-1 v Villa 5E L 1-0 v SLC 5F W 4-2 v SLC 5F

The abovementioned trials will take place the week after the last round of rugby, chess and football. Please read the information below regarding the trials. The full season schedules for each of the sports will be posted on the web late next week.

AIC Tennis Trials
Any student who wishes to play tennis for Villanova must have registered their interest by completing the online sign-on form.  The initial trials will be held at Morningside Tennis Centre the week after the rugby and football season concludes, that is, the week beginning Monday 14 June.

A trial schedule will be posted in next week’s Villa View and on the College’s website. After the ‘trial week’ all coaches will then select all teams within that age group.

The managers of each age group will conduct these trials and they will select four players in each team plus two reserves for the age group. Once these trial sessions are completed, the official training schedule (to be published soon) will commence Week 1, Term 3.

Note all teams from Year 7-12 will have two training sessions. Both sessions will be conducted before school 6.30-7.45am on Tuesday and Thursday morning. One of these sessions will be taken by a specialised tennis coach. The team manager will take the other session. All players are to attend both sessions. The College will only provide transport back to school after the morning sessions. Students from Year 5&6 will also have two training sessions; both will be conducted after school on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4.15-5.45pm. Please consider this information before signing on. Game dates are as per College calendar.

All tennis training and trials will be held at Morningside Tennis Centre.

AIC Basketball Trials
Any student who wishes to play basketball for Villanova must have registered their interest by completing the online sign-on form.

All trials will commence the week beginning Monday 14 June. Each age group will have at least two trial sessions within the trial week. Year 6 trials have concluded, and teams will be announced next week. The Year 5 students will begin their trials tomorrow during sport in Period 6. A trial schedule will be posted in next week’s newsletter and on the College’s website. After the ‘trial week’ all boys (for certain age groups only) will be required to attend the basketball clinics held on Saturday 19 June. After the clinic all coaches/managers will then select all teams within that age group.

All trials will be conducted in Goold Hall, Clem Jones or on the outside courts on campus. Once teams are selected, a regular training schedule will be followed. Please note that several teams will train at Clem Jones Basketball Arena on Tuesday and/or Thursday morning 6.30-8.00am. Students are to find their own way to Clem Jones. A bus will be organised to transport all players back to the College.

AIC Rugby League Trials
Any student who wishes to play rugby league for Villanova must have registered their interest by completing the online sign-on form.

All trials will commence the week beginning Monday 14 June and will be conducted over a two-week period. The second week will be during the first week of the student’s school holidays. Each age group from Year 5-12 will have at least four trial sessions within the two trial weeks. A trial schedule will be posted in next week’s Villa View and on the College’s website. After the ‘trial week’ all coaches will then select all teams within that age group.

All trials will be conducted at Little Langlands or Villanova Park. Buses will be provided to transport players to Villanova Park in the afternoon for trials in the first week only. Parents are required to collect their son/s from both venues after the trials.

A Rugby Skills Clinic will be conducted at Villanova Park on 21 and 22 June by 10KSports at a cost of $210. This clinic is geared towards boys who are currently in Years 5-8. Please click the image for more details.

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Augustine Centre Update
We are expecting the cleaning of both the air conditioning and the building to commence this week so that the entire space is available for our Bands Concert on June 10, 2021.  I look forward to sharing the good news of our progress in this section of the Villa View next week!

Lessons and Rehearsals – attendance and effort
Ensembles are preparing for performances toward the end of this term, and we are all preparing for the filming of QCMF videos very soon.  I remind everyone that attendance at rehearsal is vital in ensuring your ensemble can collectively prepare for these important opportunities.  We will continue to communicate with home regarding ensemble absentees – please assist the Music Department in communicating any known absences via the College absentee line (music option).

Upcoming Events
Our Guitar Ensembles 1 and 2 will be performing with Loreto Guitar Ensemble 1 and the Riverside Guitar Ensemble on 31 May at the Qld Multicultural Centre, Kangaroo Point.  This will be our first concert for the year for our Guitar groups and it will be a fantastic opportunity to play with some world-class musicians here in Brisbane.

Tickets will be available through trybooking via the following link:

Orava String Quartet, another world-class ensemble, will be performing with our Sinfonia and Camerata String Orchestras on Wednesday 2 June at the Queensland Multicultural Centre, Kangaroo Point.  The students have been working with this fine ensemble across Terms 1 and 2, and have a fantastic program of works available to share with you all.  Tickets will be available through the following Trybooking  link:

Communication re Lesson Absences
As the department remains dispersed due to the Augustine Centre challenges, the routine of attending lessons can become problematic.  From this week forward, we will be sending a proforma to parents and students who miss a lesson without explanation.  Please understand that this is merely an opportunity to open the lines of communication and an invitation to communicate with your son’s teacher or the music office regarding the absence.

The following wording will be sent.  Please note, this is a proforma used for all students – it is not a personal communication, more an opportunity to open a dialogue:

“Unfortunately, your son did attend his instrumental music lesson today.   Please ensure he is aware of the time and date of his next lesson via the timetable previously distributed; it is attached for your reference. To assist with our records, please contact the Music Office regarding your son’s absence – or 3394 5691.”

We look forward to our continued partnership in the musical education of your son.

Entertainment Publications Memberships
Entertainment memberships are one of the Music Support Groups main fundraisers.  Just click on the images below this newsletter article to purchase a membership and obtain ongoing special deals throughout the year.

Villanova Camp Chairs and Wildcat Coolers
Our fantastic Music Support Group have organised an innovative fundraiser for Villanova College.  You may have heard the buzz about our Villanova Camp Chairs and Wildcat Coolers…  the MUST HAVE items for the beach/cricket/park/fishing or barbecue.

  • Villanova Branded Camp Chairs – $35
  • Wildcat Coolers – $30

Purchases can be collected from the Music Office and all profits will go to the Music Support Group. All items can be purchased via Trybooking through the following link:

Opportunity to Participate
The Music community at Villanova welcomes all students interested in participating in ensemble or instrument/vocal tuition.  If your son would like to take lessons on an instrument this year, please contact the Music Office on 3394 5691 or via email at for further information.

Date Claimers
It gives me great pleasure to share our future events.  I look forward to sharing music with our community again!

Term 2
7 Mon 31 May Guitar Concert – Karin Schaupp & Riverside Ensemble – QMC
7 Orava String Quartet attend String Orchestra Rehearsals this week
7 Wed 2 June Strings Concert with Orava String Quartet – 6:30pm – QMC
8 Thur 10 June Bands Winter Concert – Hanrahan Theatre
9 Mon 14 June Music Support Group / QCMF meeting – 7:30pm
Term 3
1 Mon 12 July Music Support Group / QCMF Meeting – 7:30pm
2 Scheduled across week Queensland Catholic Colleges’ and Schools’ Music Festival

30th Anniversary Festival video recordings

5 Mon 9 Aug Music Support Group / QCMF meeting – 7:30pm
5 Mon 10 & Tue 11 Chamber Ensemble Evening – Hanrahan Theatre – Year 6-12 – from 6pm – Instrumental Assessment Task 2 Due
5 12-15 Aug Queensland Catholic Colleges’ and Schools’ Music Festival
30th Anniversary Festival

Thank you all for your ongoing support of Music at Villanova College.

Michael Jones, Director of Music

The Villanova Music Support Group receives 20% of the purchase.

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Parent Information

The College appreciates many families have been impacted by stock shortages in the Uniform Shop.  Many factors have contributed to these shortages, including the present review process of uniform items, a dramatic increase in the sale of specific uniform items, and supply issues impacted by COVID. The College and Alinta apologises to those families who continue to be impacted and we encourage you to contact us directly if you have further concerns.

We can provide the following update:

  • Grey shirts: The grey academic shirts are arriving at the end of this term.  When the shirts arrive they will be available for online or in store purchase.  If you would like to pre-order shirts, please visit the shop for a fitting as the sizing is slightly different with the new supply.  We will communicate to all families as the shirts arrive.
  • Shop hours:  Monday – Wednesday 7.30am – 9.30am, Thursday 2.00pm – 4.00pm.  The Uniform Shop will be open in the last week of the holidays on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 July, 9.00am – 4.00pm.

If you have any concerns, or are new to the College, please contact the Alinta Team directly – they are here to help on 0432 707 972 or via email

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your ongoing support during this transition.

All class group and individual orders MUST be in before Monday 7 June to avoid a late fee of $9.  Please note that Silver Rose never place student images online to view before purchase due to security reasons. If you are not happy with the image provided, Silver Rose will refund upon return of the photos. Please click on the image below for ordering instructions.

All volunteers rostered on this week will be contacted directly by the Library.

All volunteers rostered on this week will be contacted directly by the Tuckshop.

Junior Engineers are presenting a series of online, live and interactive coding classes (suitable for ages 9 – 14) during the upcoming winter holidays. Further details are available at or by calling 1300 089 344.

The Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme provides financial assistance for families transporting students to non-state schools in Queensland. To find out more about eligibility requirements visit:  Applications for the Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme are now open and must be submitted by 31 May, 2021.


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